In this article I will go over one of the most important and pressing topics ever to be faced in the world today; what causes system-wide pain and how to prevent it.
What inflames the body?
By putting forth this simple question we make claim on a lost birthright...the right to LIVE free of ignorance, opening our eyes to what has been kept from us in almost every possible way.
What is to follow may well change your life forever! In this article I will go over one of the most important and pressing topics ever to be faced in the world today; what causes system-wide pain and how to prevent it.
Even today with all our advances in technology the rare and powerful information in this article still remains unknown to much of the medical world. But why?
First off, let me briefly explain to you what inflammation is.
Inflammation is pain, stiffness, swelling, heat and redness caused by our immune system in response to any one of thousands of factors.
For example, say a branch whips across your face in the woods...you would immediately feel pain, as the area quickly turned red and began to swell...you would also feel heat and burning depending on the severity of impact. This inflammation process is the same basic process you find when eating inflammatory foods (an immune response to the threat).
But let’s face it, being whipped by a branch while hiking would be much more of a concern to most, due to the pain and immediate signs of damage. Food-related inflammation (the immune system attacking and rejecting various food molecules in the blood stream and body) can be much more insidious, as often symptoms progress over a much longer period of time, causing at first many general symptoms like:
sinus and throat congestion,
stiffness in muscles and joints,
overall achiness and general depression.
If unaddressed, these symptoms may become more progressive,
joint and back pain,
chronic bronchitis or asthma,
severe headaches and lowered IQ,
and acute muscular pain anywhere in the body
degrading average mobility.
Ultimately, many may experience
degenerative arthritis (as the immune system further degrades the cartilage and bone in joints),
autoimmune diseases like MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus,
and even certain instances of cancer, which have also been traced back to deep long-term inflammatory processes.
So why can't we see what’s destroying us at the most intimate level?
Let’s take a look.
What inflames the body and why?
First let me introduce you to three of the most sinister villains that so ruthlessly attack our bodies, even inflaming our brain and nervous system.
#1 : Sugar
Clearly documented through a powerful and well referenced article by Dr. Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., sugar is one of the deadliest inflammantants to our mind and body. (1)
We are speaking of many types of sugar: table sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, honey (even raw), maple sugar, corn sweetener, dextrose, glucose, fructose (and any other word that ends in an "ose"), barley malt, rice syrup, liquid cane sugar, concentrated fruit juice and others.
Don't be fooled by the name organic when it applies to sugar. Sugar is sugar, organic or not, and the following will explain exactly what can happen in the body when you eat as little as two teaspoons. (1)
Dr. Appleton goes on to state that sugar diminishes minerals in the body critical in the pancreatic function of producing proteolytic enzymes (enzymes from the pancreas that aid in the digestion of proteins into polypeptides and then amino acids). These partially digested proteins are then absorbed into the blood and can travel almost anywhere in the body.
Partially digested proteins can’t be used by the cells of the body so the immune system then attacks them, causing inflammation!
This inflammation can be anywhere including organs, the nervous system, connective tissues and muscles as well as arthritis in bones and joints. (1)
Another more indirect way refined sugar brings about inflammation is through mechanical wear and tear.
Many forms of sugar like high-fructose corn syrup turn into heavy, joint-grinding, debilitating fat almost directly after digestion.
The sugars that turn into saturated (sticky) fat quickest are glucose, fructose, sucrose, GA lactose, maltose, and lactose. (2) This is one reason to avoid dairy.
The more complex the carbohydrate, the better, as the body can use it more efficiently and it doesn’t play with insulin levels as it does with diabetics.
#2 : Gluten
One widely misunderstood villain is gluten. All grains contain some form of gluten, (the proteins found in grain).
But the grains that contain the form of gluten most people react to are wheat, spelt, rye and barley (the following link will give you a complete list of the different names gluten may be hiding under www.celiac.com).
These grains contain the two proteins that make our bread chewy and unbaked dough stretchy: gliadin and glutenin.
And it is this gliadin protein that afflicts people with what is called Celiac disease (a condition where the gastrointestinal tract attacks the gliadin protein creating damage to the intestines, poor absorption of nutrients, weight gain and bloating). (3)
It is also responsible for a completely new and dangerous condition that is now being referred to as “Gluten Sensitivity”. (A condition with the Celiac symptoms and yet a negative Celiac test in the lab.) (4)
Although not yet fully recognized in mainstream medicine, this new discovery was brought to the forefront by a New Zealand based pediatrician and allergist, Dr. Rodney Ford. Ford states clearly that most doctors give the standard two tests (anti-endomysium and anti-tissue transglutaminase) for patients presenting with Celiac symptoms, but consistently ignore the test for “Gluten Sensitivity” referred to as (IgG-gliadin antibody). (4)
The point is: Gluten Sensitivity may be profoundly affecting many people who have tested negative for Celiac Disease! One can look into the wealth of information about gluten-free diets and the effects of gluten on the body at www.celiac.com or by typing gluten into the search bar at www.mercola.com
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